Sorry but I have to plow an old bit of field today.
Gordie Howe has had a serious stroke and is not at all well. That sort of news matters to me.
I have written here at least twice – April 4, 2013 and Sept. 18, 2007 – on Howe and when I saw him play at the Halifax Forum in the fall of 1968 in an NHL pre-season game.
So, I won’t recount chapter and verse all of that again. But I will tell you it was one of the greatest days of my then-young life and it is still a memory I cherish.
When I was at the Halifax Forum two months ago to watch Pad work out with his new teammates at Dal, it was the first time I had been inside the forum for hockey in decades. And all the memories of going there with dad and my cousin Michael came flooding back.
I think dad and I saw a few Nova Scotia Vees games over the intervening years at the forum, but none of them stand out. Continue reading